recipes

Jambalaya 


Usually jambalaya is filled with sodium and unhealthy things, so I took it upon myself to try and lighten this up. For those of you doing that whole 30 thing, my friend said this is approved. I was meal prepping yesterday and I know typically people eat this with shrimp, but in my person opinion shrimp reheated just doesn’t taste good to me. So I did chicken sausage and chicken instead.
I used brown rice, you can use whatever you please. Make it your own that’s what cooking is all about right?

Ingredients 

  • 2 chicken breasts (you can use shrimp in place of this)
  • Note: You can use all 3; chicken, sausage, and shrimp
  • 1 package of chicken sausage (feel free to use regular sausage)
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 bag of brown rice (use whatever rice you like)
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Note: you can use a package of creole or jambalaya spices but I like to make my own to avoid MSG and too much sodium.
  1. Cook your rice
  2. Place chicken and chicken sausage on a baking sheet with cooking spray and bake at 350 for 25 minutes
  3. While the rice and meat are cooking dice your veggies
  4. Heat the olive oil in the pan
  5. Sauté your garlic until golden brown, then add the rest of the veggies until they are tender and start to sweat
  6. Add your cooked rice to the pan of veggies
  7. Dice up your chicken and chicken sausage
  8. Add your seasonings mix up and enjoy 😛

I love mine spicy so I used hot chicken sausage and I added additional hot sauce to mine.


  
  

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Strawberry banana chia seed pudding 

  
Good morning friends, happy Monday. Monday’s are hard. With this cold weather getting out of bed seems impossible. I meal prepped allllll day yesterday and here’s part of my meal prep for breakfast. Starting off my Monday morning right with some nutritious strawberry banana chia seed pudding 🍓🍌 chia seeds are an ancient grain and an awesome super food, why you ask? Here’s why 

  • Some benefits:
  • They help weight loss 
  • Fight cravings 
  • Hydrates the body 
  • Help control blood sugar 
  • Make you feel full faster
  • Omega 3s (vital fat) helps inflammation, heart disease, and even arthritis. Good for people with diabetes too! 
  • Great source of protein and fiber
  • Lots of antioxidants
  • Strengthens bones
  • Healthy carbohydrates 

So it’s safe to say that these are the worlds hidden gems, and best part is it feels kind of guilty eating this because it’s so delicious, but it’s SO HEALTHY. Fun fact It’s also dairy free, vegan, paleo, and gluten free. yeah something this delicious can be all that it’s amazing. 
My first thought when I thought chia seeds was the chia pets I had when I was a kid. My 90s kids friends will understand. Cha cha cha chia…. C’mon like you weren’t singing the song from the commerical when you read that. Anyway, I never knew that those made these wonderful little seeds that are packed with nutrition. Okay so how do you make this strange Chia pudding? I’ll tell ya how 

  
The essentials:

  • Almond milk- I use vanilla almond milk in this because it’s delicious. I’ve tried a million almond milk brands and Califia farms is my favorite. 
  • Chia seeds you can find these in your grocery store 
  • Banana 
  • Strawberry 
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup 
  • Mason jar/container 
  1. 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  2. 1 cup of almond milk (can use coconut milk, regular milk, cashew milk, comes down to preference really) 
  3. Teaspoon of vanilla extract 
  4. Teaspoon of organic maple syrup 
  5. Diced up strawberries and bananas           

Mix all of this in your jar or container and stick it in the fridge overnight, at first it looks liquidity and not like pudding at all. But this is why you leave them overnight because it works it’s magic and the seeds become like a gel and expand creating pudding. Feel free to add any fruit or toppings you like! Enjoy 😛